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Starr Ranch Growers consolidates sales offices, hires Shawn Loudon

Starr Ranch Growers, Wenatchee, Wash., has consolidated sales offices in Yakima, Wash., and hired Shawn Loudon to its sales team there.

Data show strong apple demand this summer

Honeycrisp, granny smith, fuji and gala have experienced notable sales growth this summer as families consume more food at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Washington Fruit & Produce, Yakima Fresh merge

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. and Yakima Fresh have merged to sell apples, cherries and pears.

Sweetie, ‘gala’s sweeter, crunchier cousin,’ now available

FirstFruits Marketing, Yakima, Wash., is starting its eighth season of shipping Sweetie, an apple variety that has been referred to as “gala’s sweeter, crunchier cousin.”

Rainier Fruit earns EFI certification for its largest farm

Rainier Fruit, Selah, Wash., has earned Equitable Food Initiative certification for its largest farm, which is more than 2,300 acres.

Honeybear Brands sets long-term sustainability goals

Elgin, Minn.-Honeybear Brands has created long-term sustainability goals around pollinator health, packaging, food loss/waste and climate and energy.

Analyst: apples are convenient, healthy food during pandemic

With COVID-19, more people are eating at home, and that means fresh apple marketers can take advantage of increased snacking trends.

Stemilt offers new tote bag program for apples, pears

Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers is offering this fall a new paper Farm + Famous grab-and-go pack featuring the message that “All Farmers are Famous.”

Packer Insight — Recalls, wildfires, apple outlook and more

(UPDATED) The Packer's editor-in-chief Tom Karst, news editor Chris Koger, retail editor Ashley Nickle and Northeast editor Amy Sowder discuss news this week, from wildfires to recalls to an apple conference.

New York’s Kaari Stannard receives The Packer's apple award

Kaari Stannard is the The Packer’s 2020 Apple Woman of the Year.